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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Provides Smashing Sound Quality for the Acclaimed Fonogenic Studios

Powerful Speakers Produce the Perfect Punch for Popular Recording Studio

VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA — Fonogenic Studios, a renowned recording studio and live music venue located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, recently upgraded its sound system with Cerwin-Vega!®’s new P-Series Professional PA system and classic CVA Active Series Speakers. With constant compliments from both A-list musicians and audiences about the superior sound quality of the live venue, the studio’s owners and engineers are thrilled with the audio and the reactions.

Rami Jaffee, who is a founding member of the Grammy-winning rock band The Wallflowers and now keyboardist for the Foo Fighters, owns the studio with music producer Ran Pink, who has produced for PiNk & NoSeWoRthY and has composed for TV shows such as Happily Divorced and The Fran Drescher Tawk Show. Together, they operate half of the building as a recording studio and the other half, which features a big sound stage, as a live performance space.

“We’ve hosted crazy parties, with performances by big-name musicians, ever since our launch,” says Jaffee. “Now, we’ve been doing it more frequently, with parties every two weeks. We even live-stream the concerts to the web. We wanted Fonogenic to be an environment where artists felt comfortable emotionally investing in their music. We’re a family here and we want our clients to feel like this is their home too. We want it to be a creative haven for them. They shouldn’t have to worry about the sound quality we’re providing them.”

To ensure adequate sound coverage at the space, Jaffee and Pink hung four Cerwin-Vega! P-Series P1500X speakers from the ceiling and positioned two additional speakers as center-stage monitors. The setup was completed with CVA-118 subs for front-of-house and CVA-115 subs for the drums.

“When we compare our previous arrangement to our P-Series setup, it’s like night and day,” says Pink. “Getting the levels of the vocals and of the mixes of the music just right used to be a challenge for us because of the elongated shape of the room. But now, since we deadened the room and installed the larger P-Series system, we’ve had no problems.”

Fonogenic Studios visitors, including top-notch producers and such renowned musicians as Stevie Wonder, often remark on the space’s flawless sound quality, which Jaffee and Pink attribute to Cerwin-Vega!. “It’s just such a great feeling to hear all these music heroes mention how incredible the sound is right from the get-go,” continues Pink. “That’s the most satisfying feeling you can get, and it’s thanks to the P-Series.”

“Ross Hogarth, one of the biggest producers of our time, watched a band here at one of our events, and said the sound was just superb,” adds Jaffee. “And Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett had his side project band play one of our parties. He said he’d never heard stage sound that amazing in his entire life. In fact, when artists play at our venue now, they worry about living up to the sound quality, because it reflects the true sound of their music.”

A sound system that boasts exceptional clarity, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series delivers a new standard in power and bass punch for superior sound quality suited to any sound reinforcement application. The P1500X speaker is the most powerful PA product in its price class, employing a 15-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver, powered by a custom 1500W Class-D amp. Overall, the compact size and incomparable clarity of the P-Series speakers make them perfect for everything from permanent installations to on-the-go rehearsals. In fact, Jaffee himself trusts the speakers so much that he even takes them on the road with him. Additionally, the CVA Active Series Speakers deliver tremendous power output and exceptional full-frequency response. The striking aluminum grills on the subwoofers minimize power compression and optimize driver performance.

Jaffee and Pink started Fonogenic Studios six years ago as a place for world-renowned musicians to record their albums, rehearse and perform live sets. In addition to Wonder, Shiflett and Hogarth, Fonogenic has also hosted artists such as Allan Parsons and Minnie Driver, as well as The Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers band members. As part of their plans to generate further interest in the studio, Jaffee and Pink are launching a YouTube channel to share with the world Fonogenic Studios’ live performances and the incredible impact that the P-Series has on the venue’s sound system. For more information, visit www.fonogenic.com.
A video tour of the venue can be found on the studio’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEKOC8TmkUA.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the new Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Guitar Corp.
Gibson Guitar Corp. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family
of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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RTW Provides Audio Loudness Management to Astro Productions

Top Asian Broadcaster Utilizes TM7 During Transition to Unified Metering

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, NOVEMBER 25 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the sale of eight RTW TM7 TouchMonitors to Astro Production Sdn. Bhd., a leading Asian broadcaster. The TM7s were equipped with several software modules, including: the SW20001, SW20002, SW20004, SW20005 and SW20006 units. Stagetec Asia (www.stagetecasia.com), a long-time distributor of RTW, coordinated the sale.

Audio loudness standards have been a key concern for many broadcasters worldwide. That being said, the company sought a new tool that would help it to monitor its audio levels consistently. Astro purchased the TM7 TouchMonitors, provided by Stagetec Asia, after demoing a few of the units during its live broadcasts. The company will use them to ensure that all of its production facilities, including its fleet of OB vans, are using the metering and analyzers to have uniform loudness levels across its facility.

“The TM7 TouchMonitor suits our applications very well,” says Dennis Dovale, Vice President, Astro Production Services. “In order to ensure that all personnel and operators have the same frequency, when talking about the audio loudness metering and reading, they need a good monitoring tool such as RTW’s TM7.”

RTW, meanwhile, is thrilled to make further inroads into the Asian market with this sale. “We are happy to support such a prominent broadcaster as Astro,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “The entire line of TouchMonitor audio meters was created to help engineers monitor their loudness levels easily and consistently. The fact that Astro has found our TM7 to be efficient and easy to use is further proof of RTW’s commitment to offering modern, innovative solutions for today’s loudness management issues.”

About Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with operations in 4 key areas of business, namely Pay-TV, Radio, Publications and Digital.

With a customer base of over 3.58 million residential customers or approximately 53% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers over 170 TV channels, including 38 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro On-The-Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country’s first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 22 TV and 20 radio channels.

The People’s Choice, Astro was awarded the Putra Brand Awards Gold for the Media & Entertainment Category for 4 consecutive years. The award is in recognition of Astro’s efforts to exemplify innovation, quality and strong corporate social responsibilities. Visit www.astro.com.my for more information.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world.

With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades. RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

SSL Appoints Amber Technology As Live Console Distributor In Australia And New Zealand

“We are very confident that Live is a console that engineers will love”

SYDNEYSolid State Logic is pleased to announce that its long-standing partner Amber Technology has been appointed as its Live console Distributor in Australia and New Zealand. Amber is the latest company to join SSL’s growing commercial distribution network for the live sector.

“We have been waiting for the SSL Live with great anticipation,” says Leon Hart, Business Unit Manager at Amber Technology. “Here at Amber, we have been carefully adding to our live production equipment portfolio to increase our presence in this market. The SSL Live is a technology platform with a fresh approach to how a live console should sound and operate giving engineers a control surface that helps them deliver exceptional performances. It is exciting for us to be able to build on our successes with SSL consoles in the music and broadcast industries through Live. The Live console has been a couple of years in the making and we are very confident that Live is a console that engineers will love.”

“We have forged a powerful partnership with Amber Technology, which has years of success delivering SSL consoles to music and broadcast clients in the region,” says Paul Lindsay, Area Sales Manager for Solid State Logic. “Now, with SSL’s new Live console, we will be able to build on Amber’s wide product range and market experience to address both the live and install sectors, which are new territories for SSL, but are markets that Amber has successfully served for many years. It is a pleasure to be working with such professional and experienced partners, expanding our portfolio of solutions for professional audio requirements. I am very much looking forward to broadening the Live console’s presence in Australia and New Zealand with the help of the Amber team.”

www.solidstatelogic.com/live
www.ambertech.com.au

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Tates Creek Christian Church Satisfies Wide-Ranging Needs with Hitachi Projectors

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, November 25, 2013 — Pro Sound & Lights, a systems integrator based in central Kentucky, works primarily with houses of worship that often have very specific needs. When Tates Creek Christian Church’s existing projectors were beginning to lose their luster and brightness, the church turned to Pro Sound & Lights.

“I’ve been working with Tates Creek for about six or seven years now,” said Christopher Naughton of Pro Sound & Lights. “Their old projectors had lost a significant amount of brightness and after clarifying their new needs, it was clear that Hitachi projectors were the only option.”

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Tates Creek’s list of requirements included a larger image size than the previous projectors (from the same distance), consistent brightness, aspect ratio versatility and white projector unit color. At the end of the installation, the projectors were also networked together via an infrared sensor.

“As the installation was for a house of worship, white color was a non-negotiable item,” Mr. Naughton said.

Completed in mid-September, the installation includes two Hitachi CP-WX8255 3LCD projectors, which feature a brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens. The CP-WX8255 also supports 4:3 aspect ratio, which was another requisite of Tates Creek.

“Tates Creek is in the process of upgrading their formats, so they needed 4:3 in the meantime and the option of 16:9 later down the road,” said Mr. Naughton. “The CP-WX8255 met that criteria as well.”

Naughton’s job consists of walking the client through each step of the installation, from the initial planning phases all the way to the physical installation. Pro Sound & Lights also runs a small rental department for customers in need of extra pieces or spare equipment during repairs.

Since a single all-encompassing vantage point was unavailable, the projectors are cross-fired at two slanted walls in the main sanctuary of the church, hanging from a 15-foot drop from the ceiling. This resulted in the image size being increased by about 25 percent.

“The church staff absolutely loves the new setup. When I first turned the new projectors on, they were immediately impressed with the brightness, image size and clarity,” Mr. Naughton said.

For more information on Pro Sound & Lights visit http://www.rjps.com/

For more information on Tates Creek Christian Church visit http://www.tatescreek.org/

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

Digital Rapids Honored Twice in NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards

November 25, 2013 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids announced today that two of the company’s solutions were honored in the inaugural NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding recent product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio organizations. The StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated broadcast and multiscreen live encoder was named a 2013 Product Innovation Award winner, while the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume media file transformation software earned Honorable Mention.

Winners of the Product Innovation Awards were selected from vendor nominations by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“Having our innovation and product excellence highlighted with an award win is always exciting; to have two of our solutions recognized together is a tremendous honor. These accolades reflect not only the advantages of the products themselves, but also the talent and hard work of our teams who created them and our unwavering focus on solving the challenges faced by our customers,” said Mike Nann, Director of Marketing and Communications at Digital Rapids. “While serving different applications, both the StreamZ Live 8000EX and Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 share the benefits and goals of bringing superior quality, flexibility and efficiency to our customers while helping them streamline their operations and lower their costs in the rapidly evolving multiscreen media landscape.”

Designed to simplify the convergence of broadcast television and multiscreen streaming operations, the StreamZ Live 8000EX combines the exceptional multi-format flexibility and superior output quality of the StreamZ Live encoder family with robust features for the unique demands of broadcast, cable, telco and satellite television deployments. Reducing operational complexity and costs, the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit rate streaming for multiscreen distribution to devices from ‘smart TVs’ and desktop computers to tablets, game consoles and mobile phones.

The enterprise-class Transcode Manager 2.0 software seamlessly blends media file transformation and workflow processes while offering unparalleled efficiency, scalability and agility for applications from post production and archive to multiscreen distribution. Building on the unique benefits of the Kayak platform, version 2.0 of Transcode Manager combines its robust management tools and hallmarks of superior output quality and format flexibility with visual workflow design; automated decision-making with rich metadata support; dynamic deployment; easy integration of new and emerging technologies; and a deep ecosystem of third-party technology partners.

For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About NewBay Media — NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services, and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.nbmedia.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

World Renowned Cathedral Gets World Class Sound with Iconyx

St. Louis, MO – November 2013… Completed in 1914, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is renowned for its breathtaking mosaic works — one of the largest in the world. Comprising more than 41.5 million pieces, and covering 83,000 square feet, the mosaics display took more than 75 years to complete, and draws visitors from throughout the world.

The 2000-seat cathedral’s architecture is as exquisite as it is acoustically challenging, capped with a massive dome that soars to 150 feet high at its center. “It’s an exceptionally challenging environment,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “There are so many concave surfaces, with 360 degrees of windows, and the dome just exacerbates everything. There’s not a soft surface in there — marble floors, hard pews — and there are transepts on either side that create even more reflections.”

Not surprisingly, the Cathedral has struggled to find a sound system that could cope with such a challenging space. “The old system was simply ineffective,” says Haselhorst. “They had about twenty 12-inch two-way cabinets around the perimeter, hung at about 30 feet in the air. There was a very fine line between enough volume and too much volume. If we brought up the direct feed too high the room would go into feedback.”

The solution presented itself in the form of Iconyx digitally steerable column arrays from Renkus-Heinz. A pair of Iconyx IC32-R-II columns are installed left and right of the altar platform. As Haselhorst explains, the Iconyx was a clear and obvious solution.

“As proof of concept, we took a single Iconyx 32 into the Cathedral, put it stage right of the altar sanctuary area, and steered the beam away from the reflective surfaces. Even with one speaker, we were miles beyond the existing sound system.”

Haselhorst adds that the 32-element column was exactly what was needed in this reflective space. “We didn’t need the SPL, but we needed the low frequency control. Below 250 Hz, the RT in that room is unmanageable.”

A second set of Iconyx IC16-R-II columns are mounted midway back in the room as delays. “We could have easily hit the back of the room with the mains, but the transepts created another issue. If we aimed the beam high enough to hit the back of the room, we were hitting the transepts too. Using the IC16 columns as a delay kept us from having to push the front elements too hard and hitting the transept walls.” Time alignment is handled within the Iconyx software. A pair of Symetrix Radius units provides additional signal processing.

The Iconyx also offered a low-profile, streamlined design that blended well with the decor. “We custom painted them to match the walls,” says Haselhorst.

The new system has made an immense difference, says Haselhorst.  “We took down twenty loudspeakers that were aimed all over the place, and replaced them with four sources that are aimed with precision. You can hear someone now as if you were talking to them ten feet away.”

Haselhorst says the best compliment was from the archbishop himself. “He said that now he can pull up his old sermons and reuse them, and this time people will be able to hear them.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Symetrix Maintaining Its Edge in DSP at ISE 2014

Mary Marshall, CEO of Symetrix

Leading digital signal processing developer will exhibit products including SymNet Radius AEC and Jupiter, and announce details of a new industry partnership.

SEATTLE, US: Symetrix, the leading developer of innovative DSP solutions, has announced that it will return to Integrated Systems Europe (4-6 February 2014, Amsterdam RAI) for the seventh consecutive year, co-exhibiting on the stand of Dutch distributor Iemke Roos with a selection of its most popular solutions for installed applications.

Visitors to stand 3-C90 will have the opportunity to find out more about a host of open architecture Symetrix products that utilise Audinate’s industry-leading Dante™ media networking technology, including Symetrix SymNet Edge, Radius 12×8 and the conferencing-oriented SymNet Radius AEC. Symetrix will also showcase open architecture standalone DSP SymNet Solus 16, as well as two fixed architecture solutions, Jupiter and Zone Mix 761.

Underlining its commitment to its extensive integrator customer base, Symetrix will host a pre-show sales and technical training meeting at Holiday Inn Amsterdam on 3 February for distribution partners. The same hotel will also be the venue for the Audinate-hosted AV Networking Congress on 4 February, in which Symetrix will be an active participant.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at ISE alongside our local partners, Iemke Roos,” commented Mary Marshall, CEO of Symetrix. “Along with the chance to see our latest solutions, there will be numerous opportunities for interested parties to sit down with a team member and discuss how Symetrix products can form the backbone of their next installation. We also look forward to participating in the AV Networking Congress and sharing our insights into the next phase of the fast-emerging networked AV world.”

ISE 2014 will also see Symetrix highlight the latest SymNet Composer software release and a major new industry partnership. More details of both developments will be revealed in the coming weeks.

www.symetrix.co

Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester Continues to Rely on Tools from Waves Audio for High-Profile Consulting Work

— Working with Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Manchester uses Waves Audio plugins to provide analysis and intelligence for high-profile case —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, November 22, 2013 — Waves Audio Forensic Audio Expert Phil Manchester is no stranger to highly sensitive audio investigations, as illustrated by his considerable experience within counterterrorism, national security and serious criminal investigation.

Recently, Manchester’s company Aperio Audio received an approach of a different kind than what they had become accustomed to, he explains. “Back in the early part of 2011, I was formally approached by Stroz Friedberg, LLC, a USA-based team of global leaders in investigation, intelligence and risk management.” Founded by the former head of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department, Stroz Friedberg is a collection of the brightest minds in the fields of digital forensics, investigations, forensic accounting, incident response, security, compliance, data discovery, intelligence and due diligence. They specialize in handling cybersecurity incidents across the globe, operating from offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

These cybersecurity experts explained to Manchester that they had been searching for some considerable time to find a highly trained and experienced audio expert with the correct security credentials and an appropriate background in covert and sensitive intelligence – crucially, an expert whose passion would deliver results at the highest levels of forensic investigation. Despite having offices and contacts around the world in every sector of digital forensics, Stroz Friedberg’s search had proved futile. Their search continued and led them to the U.K. and specifically to Waves’ forensics expert Phil Manchester. Officials from Stroz Friedberg detailed their exact requirements: to work on the largest multi-thread audio investigation in history, with evidence and intelligence spanning in excess of twenty years, involving potentially illegal voice recordings for a high-profile media organization and their subsequent review as part of an employment tribunal.

Manchester was identified by Stroz Friedberg as the only expert in the world that could be trusted to conduct the task, and he went on to provide independent consultancy to the investigation for nearly two years, reliant upon his craft and that of his trusted signal processing tools from Waves.

Some of the tools utilized for this investigation can be found within the Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package, which Manchester personally worked on with Waves. This bundle contains nine audio plugins chosen especially for their precision in covert audio investigation: W43 Noise Reduction Plugin, X-Noise, X-Crackle, X-Hum, X-Click, C1 Compressor/Expander, Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer, PAZ Frequency Analyzer and L1 Ultramaximizer.

Manchester explains that one day he may be in a position to publicly comment on exactly how Waves tools provided him with the arsenal to deliver results in this complicated investigation and others, but without further elaboration possible, he notes that Waves processing technologies are without a doubt providing him with the finest tools available to allow him to continue as a world-leading expert.

Phil Manchester / Waves Audio Forensics Package is available with a U.S. MSRP of $700.

For detailed product information, visit http://www.waves.com/bundles/forensics-package. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Bose® L1® Systems Used in the REVERB Eco-Village as Part of the “Last Summer on Earth” Tour

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 21, 2013 – Based in Portland, Maine, REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe. In addition to their greening work with bands and artists, REVERB also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations. On a recent package tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Guster and Ben Folds Five, REVERB created an Eco-Village that helped raise awareness for their greening efforts and engaged fans to participate in local and global environmental causes. The Village included a solar-powered stage that featured special “pop-up” performances by select members of the bands with sound provided exclusively by L1® Systems from Bose® Professional Systems.

Craig Jackson, Product Line Manager, Portable Systems, Bose Professional, stated, “Adam Gardner approached us and explained the side stage – the REVERB ‘pop-up stage,’ as they call it – and asked if we would be interested in being involved. We decided to support the event, because it is such a worthwhile cause. The interesting thing about the pop-up stage is that you have these gigantic rock stars, who are used to playing for thousands on the main stage, playing acoustically in a much more intimate setting. They play songs that aren’t in their main sets – cover songs, deep cuts and other fun things. It’s very off-the-cuff and informal, and the hardcore fans just love it. It’s a fantastic way for REVERB to spread their message and give the fans a treat in the process. And the bands sound great through the L1 modules. We love that they are playing through our gear, and the response we have gotten from the artists and the fans has been nothing but positive.”

Adam Gardner, co-founder of REVERB and member of Guster, stated, “We came out every night on the REVERB pop-up stage and performed on the L1 systems. I was amazed at how natural they sounded for both vocals and acoustic guitars and so were all of the other musicians! We loved it! The crew loved the fast setup and tear down and most importantly the fans loved the sound!”

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE AND LESSONS STUDIO IN ATHENS, GEORGIA

Athens location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 255th store location in the U.S.
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Athens to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 255th location, in Athens, Georgia, on November 7, 2013. The store, located at 1791 Oconee Connector, Suite 450 Athens, GA 30606, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

A virtual tour of the store is available online here and on the Athens store page at http://stores.guitarcenter.com/Athens.

ATHENS STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Athens brings an unprecedented selection of products to Athens, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Athens also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Athens includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Athens: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Athens customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Athens will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Athens store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Athens residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Athens Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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